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(Self-serving post) New Article: “Destabilizing Property”

I have a new article that is about property theory as it relates to inequality and poverty.  Frankly, it is probably most of interest to those who teach property as well, but if it does nothing else, I hope it convinces people to read David Super’s A New New Property.  It may also go a bit too far in the direction of showing that I can be unreasonable.  Here it is:

New Article: Ezra Rosser, Destabilizing Property, forthcoming Connecticut Law Review.  Abstract below:

Property theory has entered into uncertain times. Conservative and progressive scholars are fiercely contesting everything it seems, from what is at the core of property to what obligations owners owe society. Fundamentally, the debate is about whether property law works. Conservatives believe that property law works. Progressives believe property could and should work, though it needs to be made more inclusive. While there have been numerous responses to the conservative emphasis on exclusion, this Article begins by addressing a related line of argument, the recent attacks information theorists have made on the bundle of rights conception of property. The Article goes on to make two main contributions to the literature. It gives a new critique of progressive property and, more fundamentally, shows how distribution challenges in property call for a third path forward. Conservative scholarship is scholarship for property, defending traditional views of property against the influence of new realist-inspired deconstruction. Progressive scholarship works with property, showing how doctrine supports expanding property law to reach those who would otherwise be excluded. But missing from this debate is the possibility that, instead of working for or with property, the rise in inequality and the calcification of advantages defined at birth of the current economic and legal environment calls for work against property. Expanding the range of answers to the broad questions being asked of property to include deliberately destabilizing property would add to the academic debate and to the possible policy responses to the emerging threat of oligarchy. Working for, with, and against property are all answers to the question of how to respond to the property crisis of our time, the problem of inequality. This Article seeks to give some content to the neglected against portion of the spectrum.

Self-serving post… to any law students on law review

Hello — on the off chance that there are any law student readers of this blog, I have a property theory / inequality article in the submissions process with law reviews and I would love to get a read.  My fingers are crossed for an acceptance.  =)  It is a follow up to an earlier property theory / race / inequality article.

Request for Proposals: “Understanding Socioeconomic Status and Online Privacy and Security”

Request for Proposals: “Understanding Socioeconomic Status and Online Privacy and Security” from the Digital Trust Foundation.  Overview below:

The Digital Trust Foundation has found that research and analysis of the online privacy experiences of low-SES populations are underrepresented in the public discourse, media coverage, and academic literature. To address this gap, the Foundation intends to fund (1) research into the privacy and security experience of low-SES people and (2) online privacy and security-related direct services and information dissemination to low-SES people. We anticipate entertaining proposals for projects of various sizes, with budgets in the range of $50,000 and $300,000.Exceptional projects with budgets outside this range may be considered.

Is the Modern American Dream Attainable? – Room for Debate – NYTimes.com

Is the Modern American Dream Attainable? – Room for Debate – NYTimes.com.

The American Middle Class Is No Longer the World’s Richest – NYTimes.com

The American Middle Class Is No Longer the World’s Richest – NYTimes.com. [With good charts, esp. in the middle].

News Article: A Big Safety Net and Strong Job Market Can Coexist. Just Ask Scandinavia. – NYTimes.com

A Big Safety Net and Strong Job Market Can Coexist. Just Ask Scandinavia. – NYTimes.com.

For Fun: The 2014 Hater’s Guide To The Williams-Sonoma Catalog

For Fun: The 2014 Hater’s Guide To The Williams-Sonoma Catalog.

New Infographic: “The Rise of Suburban Poverty”

New Infographic: “The Rise of Suburban Poverty.”  (Note: I get many requests to post infographics and this one I am posting mainly because the host page, , does seem to have interesting links.  But I am nervous about such infographic post requests — I suspect many are either class assignments which is okay, or efforts to drive up page views but not for their own sake — and not going to post many.)

New Podcast: “Economic Opportunity and Justice: The Next 50 Years”

New Podcast from the Shriver Center: “Economic Opportunity and Justice: The Next 50 Years.”

Op-Ed: Paul Krugman, “In Defense of Obama” | Rolling Stone

In Defense of Obama | Rolling Stone.